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STUART - Animal rehabilitators call this time of year "baby season," due to the uptick in orphaned baby animals such as possums, raccoons and rabbits that are rushed to wildlife hospitals.
"We receive many calls from local folks who do not know what to do if a baby bird falls out of the nest or how best to help injured wildlife," said Susan Hargreaves, Pegasus Foundation Florida Programs director.
Local wildlife rehabilitators say the number of injured animals is steadily rising, as population and development grow. For instance, Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter recorded a 13% increase in patients from 2011 to 2012.
This dilemma highlights the need for more trained rescue volunteers. The Pegasus Foundation will hold "Stay Wild: Wildlife Rescue and Humane Transport Workshop" from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, at Caring Fields Animal Sanctuary Humane Education Center, 6452 SW Markel St. in Palm City.
South Florida Wildlife Center staff will present the workshop.
"This workshop will empower and equip locals with the knowledge to respond to wildlife in need," said Ms. Hargreaves.
Wildlife experts will teach attendees how to humanely rescue and transport hurt and orphaned animals.
The Pegasus Foundation is sponsoring the workshop to improve the lives of wildlife in south Florida and address the growing number of wildlife emergencies this "baby season."
All interested parties are encouraged to attend.
The public can register by contacting Susan Hargreaves at (561) 263-8843 or firstname.lastname@example.org.